The Key Tenets of Zero Trust in Technology

With the ever-evolving state of digital security posing endless threats to organizations and their data, innovative solutions are in growing demand and implementation. One of the most notable of these new approaches is that of Zero Trust technology, which seeks to reimagine the way in which network security operates and build from the ground up who has access to what specific data.

Zero Trust is a security architecture that ‘never trusts and always verifies’. It’s designed to safeguard contemporary digital environments by using network segmentation, preventing lateral movement, offering layered protection, and making it easier to apply fine-grained access control. Teradact through our products TokenizerPlus (Tokenizer+) and RedactorPlus (Redactor+) can help any organization with their Zero Trust architecture from the data up.

What is Zero Trust?

​​Zero Trust is a security design concept that assumes everything in a network should be considered untrusted until proven otherwise. The goal is to build systems that cannot be breached by lateral movement (moving within the network) or compromised by malicious insiders.

Zero Trust also emphasizes the need for comprehensive security visibility, so you can see what’s happening in your environment and respond quickly if something bad does happen. Zero Trust makes it easier to implement fine-grained access control, through dynamic segmentation.

To do so, Zero Trust leverages technologies such as multifactor authentication, IAM, orchestration, analytics, encryption, tokenization, redaction, scorekeeping, file system access permissions. The idea of Zero Trust is to minimize the amount of data accessible internally while still allowing users access to whatever they need to get the job done. Our proven technology Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ enable your multi-layered Zero Trust protection framework

1. Unified Coverage

Zero Trust is not limited to a particular environment, such as the cloud or on-premises. It can be used in both types of environments, which is important because so many organizations are now hybrid.

Implementing a Zero Trust network is based on the firm having control of the network. It establishes where lines may be drawn and enforces access controls to protect sensitive applications, such as those running in on-premises data centers, from unlawful access and lateral movement.

Identity-based policies offer greater security that follows the workload wherever it travels, whether it’s in a public cloud, a hybrid environment, a container, or an on-premises network architecture.

Even if applications and services communicate across network environments, utilizing a zero trust approach to protection ensures that they are safe. Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ are fully scalable and deployable in your on-premise and/or cloud hyper-scaler provider and enabled for marketplace deployment.

2. Risk Assessment Capabilities

This security framework employs cutting-edge technologies such as risk-based multi-factor authentication, identity protection, next-generation endpoint security, and secure cloud workload technology to verify a user’s or system’s identity, give access at that time, and safeguard the system. Before they connect to apps, the endpoints and assets must be verified for trustworthiness. Encryption of data, securing email, and verifying the cleanliness of endpoints and assets are all important factors involved.

Through this, systems build stronger access controls that assess and manage the risk of ransomware and insider threats. Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ are able to intelligently leverage access rights to ensure that only the approved individuals are able to access your approved data based on your internal risk assessments

3. Automation

Policies need to be able to change as an environment changes. That’s why automation is so important in Zero Trust.

You need a policy management system that can automatically create and enforce policies as a given environment changes. Zero Trust automation and orchestration capabilities help to manage the secure access processes across an entire organization. This is done through integration with leading security technologies, including IAM, CASB, WAF, and EDR.

This allows for Zero Trust security policies to be automated and enforced as users try to access applications and data. It also allows for the continued monitoring of user activity and the dynamic adjustment of security policies to respond quickly to any risks that are identified. Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ leverage AI/ML to intelligently automated and protect your data whether it’s at rest or in motion

4. Scalability and manageability

Zero Trust Security is designed to be scalable so that it can grow with your organization. You should be able to add users, applications, and devices easily and without disruption. The system should also be manageable, so you can quickly identify and fix problems when they occur. Moreover, your API should be secure in its strategy to ensure that it does not leak your data while protecting it.

To be effective, APIs should not only be isolated from the broader data center environment, but also have strong access controls around them. API traffic should go directly to API gateways without passing through other networks, gateways or server infrastructure first. Data security is important, so API requests must be authenticated and authorized before they are called by a process or a user. Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ leverage the most up to date API and SDK to ensure that all known zero day exploits have been addressed and leverage access rights to ensure only those who are authorized to see the data are able to access it.

5. Ease Of Deployment

Ease of deployment is critical for supporting organizational needs, development and growth. To enable successful implementation, deployment and onboarding procedures must be simple and straightforward. In today’s tech culture, it’s crucial to use a technology that is simple to manage and doesn’t require specialized knowledge.

Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ are designed to be implemented within existing infrastructure and security tools and locally or in the cloud. Instead of requiring a rip-and-replace approach, it’s easy to deploy in an existing data center. Its components can be added incrementally, with full functionality available right away. This makes it ideal for both simple implementation and ease of use.

6. Support For Legacy Systems

A Zero Trust Security policy can also be used to secure legacy systems that are difficult to update or replace. Legacy systems can be isolated and made more secure through the use of micro-segmentation, encryption, tokenization and redaction of data sources. This allows for the continued use of these systems without putting the rest of the organization at risk by protecting the data within those legacy systems themselves. Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ can protect your data within those legacy systems by providing a multi-layered approach to data protection.

Conclusion

In a world where data breaches are becoming more common, it’s important to have a security framework that can protect your organization from all types of threats. Zero Trust is designed to do just that. It employs a risk-based approach that verifies the identity of endpoints and users before allowing access to applications and data. By using this approach, you can be sure that your organization is protected from ransomware, insider threats, data loss and other malicious activities.

Our solutions, Tokenizer+ and Redactor+, are also scalable and manageable, making it ideal for organizations of all sizes. And because it’s easy to deploy, it can be implemented quickly and without disruption. If you’re looking for a data security solutions that can protect your organization from threats, Tokenizer+ and Redactor+ is the answer, and you can improve your security posture and protect your data from cyber threats and further enable your security framework.